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This book may be about Spooner's life growing up first in the Midwest and later settling on the east coast, but you'd be forgiven for thinking it's more about Calmer Ottosson, Spooner's steady handed stepfather. Calmer is a presence throughout the novel, even in the large patches where he's missing from the action. He's an ex-Navy guy with a cool head and a knack for soft, but firm leadership as a father who raises Warren from the time he's four years old. Always there for the son who stands too close to the fire, gets in trouble with stinging ants, and then later in life as Spooner is laid up in a hospital after a severe physical beating, Calmer is the definition of, well, calm. While never spoken out loud, there's a special relationship between Spooner and his stepfather that extends past family and veers into an almost spiritual kinship. For two distinctly different characters, this is as much a surprise to them as it is to the listener. But Pete Dexter sells this story slowly and almost imperceptibly. After some unfortunate setbacks late in his life, Calmer moves in with his stepson. The father becomes the son, and the son becomes the father. So while you're not shocked that Spooner realizes, despite a life of striking out on his own, that he "craved the good opinion of his stepfather more than he could ever admit, and felt the chance to find out where he stood with him slipping away", you're still touched by this revelation. Spooner is never ham-fisted or foisted upon the reader rather it is a subtle and emotionally heartfelt story drawn out over great lengths and with great results. Josh Ravitz
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Von drahtbeen Am hilfreichsten 25.08.2011
Dieses Buch hat mir sehr gut gefallen. Ich durfte Spooner von seiner schweren Geburt durch sein Leben begleiten.
Auch wenn man Spooner manchmal zum Mond schießen möchte, so ist er dennoch sehr liebenswürdig beschrieben und man kann ihm immer verzeihen. Ein sehr interessantes Verhältnis zu seinem Stiefvater; sehr subtil beschrieben.
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